Show Up

Yoga pose: upward-facing monkey.
This time last week, I calculated that 99% of my time is spent sitting on some sort of cushion, barely moving.  This made me a tad disappointed, and my homunculus giggled mischievously: that lazy, inner child often gets his way.  Hopefully, you're not like me and spend more of your day physically active.  But, if you're sedentary too, today's Daily Mind Game is sure to trick your bad-self into exercising.

For me, a surefire way to get myself to exercise is to go through the motions of getting ready to exercise.  I go to the gym, I put on my headband, and I walk into the exercise area.  There have been times when I really didn't feel like exercising, but I forced myself to just show up.  When I've used this trick, I normally feel so awkward leaving after all that, I end up working out.  It's the bees knees.  It's also your Daily Mind Game.

Show Up

Task: Go through the routine of preparing to exercise.

 Info: This is the Week of Self-Control, so if you control yourself enough to go through your normal pre-exercise routine, you win today's game.  You don't have to work out if you don't want to, but see what happens.  I bet you end up exercising.  Also, this game doesn't only apply if you go to a gym.  For example, if you are a runner, put on your shoes and gear and step outside.  Don't have an exercise routine?  Make one up, yo!

Goal: Determine if a "show up" routine is an effective way to get yourself to exercise.

Well, did it work for you?  Stop back after you're done and post your thoughts in the comments...

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